Supporting Hydrangea Annabelle with Box Hedging

I’m currently working on creating a rose garden with box parterres for a client. A traditional design but very effective. I’ll post some pictures on this blog when it is a bit further advanced.

But roses are not to everyone’s taste so what about using Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ instead? This photo recently caught my eye on the blog ‘Modern Counry Style‘.


It’s a great idea because Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’ are known for their flower heads drooping when in full bloom. Using the Buxus (box) hedging as a support keeps the flower heads upright. Also there is a wonderful colour contrast between the white and the green. A contemporary yet traditional design, combined with a practical solution. Perfect planting design inspiration.

If you are wondering, the trees in the foreground of the picture are Tilia europaea ‘Pallida’ and the hedging in the background is either Fagus sylvatica (beech) or Carpinus betulus (hornbeam). You may also notice the box balls on the corner of each parterre. A nice touch as these mimick the shape of the hydrangea flowers and add a continuity to the overall planting design.

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